General Understanding of History
Students will gain a general understanding of the history of Roman art and architecture from its beginnings in the early part of the first millennium BC through the collapse of the Roman Empire in AD 476. The class will cover the evolution of ideas about art and architecture, the use of art as an expression of religious, political and social ideas, the advances in technology that made new forms possible, and key monuments. Students will demonstrate their understanding of these ideas through class discussion, examinations, and research papers.
Observation, Appreciation, and Analysis
Students will develop abilities to observe, appreciate, and analyze aspects of art and architecture as cultural artifacts, including style, function, structure, historical influences, symbolism, and unity of expression.
Art Historical Research and Writing
Students will gain experience and skill in art historical research and writing.
Students will acquire deeper knowledge of specific topics in Roman art and architecture through research and writing a term paper.